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MINI Convertible 1.5 Cooper Exclusive 2dr Auto Petrol Convertible

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Including:
  • 3 Years Insurance
  • 3 Years Servicing
  • 3 Years Tax
  • 3 Years Warranty
£2,999 Advance Payment

These prices are based on the Higher Rate Motability Component. Pricing and offers are correct at the date of publication and are subject to confirmation. Pricing may not be accurate as pricing is updated quarterly. Unless otherwise stated, metallic paint at extra cost. Library image for illustration purposes only.

Fuel: Petrol

Body: Convertible
Trans: Automatic

Velour floor mats, Electric windows, DSC - Dynamic Stability Control, Mini E-call, Rear park distance control, Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation, On board computer, Fully variable valve control...

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MPG

Combined - 46 mpg EC Extra Urban - 0 mpg EC Urban - 0.

Insurance Group

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Performance (BHP)

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CO2 (g/km)

CO2 is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle in grams per kilometre travelled, the lower the CO2 emissions the cleaner the vehicle is for the environment.

Number Of Seats

The total number of seats in the vehicle.

Road Tax

Road Tax is based upon the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and is split into 13 bands from A to M. The higher the letter the greater the cost of tax paid to drive the vehicle on public roads. In addition to the road tax detailed below, any vehicle that had a manufacturers retail price in excess of &321;40,000 when first sold, attracts a road tax supplement of an additional &321;320 per year. This is charged until the vehicle is 6 years old.

Ten Second Review

It's pretty hard to take exception to MINI's improved MK3 model Convertible. It delivers surprising space for passengers and luggage, a stylish roadway demeanour and a customisable fabric roof. This current version has been usefully updated in recent years with fresh technology, smart connectivity, standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range, plus an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As before, buyers can pick three cylinder, four cylinder and JCW performance versions.

Background

When BMW re-booted the MINI brand in 2001, it took three years to add a convertible to the range. Once on sale, four people could enjoy the open-air adventures MINI promised, although the rear passengers had a tight squeeze getting into the back. Things were improved in the second generation version we saw in 2009, but the space was still very limited. Still, this drop-top model sold well, stealing sales not only from small cabriolets aimed at Kings Road cruising, but also grabbing a few from more focused open-topped sportscars. This third generation convertible model, launched in 2016, grew in every dimension and MINI managed to do this without ruining this car's charm. Plus there are some innovative options over and above some high-tech standard equipment.

Driving Experience

The Convertible MINI has a slightly different remit from the hatchback - being all about style - but the fact that it invokes the Cooper name across all variants hints at the potential for driving thrills. The base 136hp MINI Cooper Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit 129mph. There's also a pokier 192hp Cooper S petrol version and a flagship 231hp John Cooper Works derivative. High performance though, hardly seems relevant in a four seat soft-top: what is important is the operation of the newly-designed roof. At speeds of up to 18mph, this fabric top can be lowered or raised in 18 seconds, so when the British weather does what it does, you'll not be left out in the rain for too long. If you just want to open the small portion over the front seats, it can slide back 40cm, automatically, at any speed. In the current range we're looking at here, nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though MINI says that minor changes have been made in recent years to its TwinPower Turbo Technology across the board, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised MK3 model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Otherwise, this third generation MINI Cooper Convertible retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with each of its key dimensions just a little larger than those of its earlier pre-2016 MK2 model predecessor. This addresses the main criticisms of the older design in two key areas: the back seats and the boot. Rear passengers get more legroom, making access the second row easier. When the folded fabric roof is down, it forms a wrap-around collar around the back seats, rather than disappearing completely. It encroaches slightly into the boot area but despite this, the luggage capacity is these days a reasonably acceptable 215-litres with the roof closed and 160-litres with it folded down. The roof is customisable and retracts in 18 seconds. Optional is a woven Union Flag option. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

As part of the BMW group, MINI has become a premium brand in the small car sector and as such can command a higher price than would be expected for a car that started life as a cheap and cheerful runabout. There's a choice of 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Exclusive' trim levels. The basic petrol MINI Cooper Convertible starts at around £21,500 for the manual Cooper version, the Cooper S costs from just over £25,000 and the top of the range John Cooper Works model from around £30,000. All variants are available in Manual and Automatic transmissions Strong competition comes from the much cheaper Fiat 500C or the more pricey Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 3 Series Convertible models. For its price, the MINI doesn't have the most impressive list of standard features but it does have parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth and 'MINI Connected'. This is a system that integrates your MINI with your smartphone, for infotainment, communication and driving experience apps. An XL version of the Connected app is available as an option and among its enhanced features is a useful rain-warning sensor. Plus it can alert a driver who has left the car open-topped that rain is on its way.

Cost of Ownership

Like all new cars, this MINI has improved in this area. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The standard Cooper Convertible petrol model in manual form returns up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 134g/km. The sporty Cooper S Convertible consumes a lot more, returning up to 43.5mpg and up to 148g/km. All of these figures would, at one time, have been considered exceptional for a car of the MINI's size, but they are equalled and bettered by the rivals from brands like Fiat. MINI's 'TLC Pack' is a five year/ 500,000 mile service package that costs around £350. Good residual values can be expected, especially as this car addresses many of the problems of the old car and should remain a desirable option for many years. Expect the MINI Cooper Convertible mostly to fall into insurance groups 17-20, depending on the variant.

By Jonathan Crouch

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Key Standard Features*

  • 4 speakers
  • MINI Yours special metallic paint
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats
  • Black mirror caps
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • White mirror caps
  • Silver mirror caps
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black
  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats
  • Aluminium interior trim
  • Silver chequered interior trim
  • 17" Rail spoke alloy wheels
  • 17" Tentacle spoke alloy wheels
  • 17" Roulette spoke alloy wheels
  • 18" British spoke 2-tone alloy wheels with run flat tyres
  • 17" Tentacle spoke alloy wheels in black
  • 18" Pulse spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres
  • Tyre repair kit

Body Glass

  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers

Brakes

  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front and rear disc brakes

Communication

  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

Driver Aids

  • Rear park distance control
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

Driver Information

  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • MINI TeleServices
  • High precision injection
  • Instrument cluster

Engine

  • Fully variable valve control
  • Double Vanos system

Entertainment

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 8.8" touchscreen with LED ring

Exterior Body Features

  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Fully electric black softtop with integrated sunroof functionality
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Radiator grille bars, tailgate handle, lower front grille grating, rear central fog light in chrome

Exterior Lights

  • White indicator lenses
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

  • Manual air conditioning

Hoods

  • Mini Yours soft top - Black/Union Jack

Interior Features

  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Colour line - Carbon black
  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Easy Load boot handles
  • MINI Yours walk nappa leather steering wheel with grey seam and MINI Yours badge on piano black lower steering wheel spoke

Interior Lights

  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Interior lighting with 12 different colours running across the dashboard, underneath door bezel illuminated laser engraved design on central display

Packs

  • Convertible pack with comfort access - Mini Convertible

Safety

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Active rollover protection
  • 6 Airbags - front, side and seat belt tensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • Single tone fanfare horn

Seats

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest

Security

  • Keyless Go
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser

Transmission

  • Performance Control
  • Steptronic transmission with double clutch

Vanity Mirrors

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.7
  • Engine Power - BHP 136
  • Engine Power - KW 100
  • Engine Power - PS True
  • Engine Power - RPM 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
  • Engine Torque - NM 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM 1500
  • Top Speed 127

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